Ethnicity, Race, Nationalism
The faculty in the Ethnicity/Race/Nationalism Research Cluster work on aspects of these interrelated themes that span much of the globe. Their interests extend chronologically from the pre-modern world to recent U.S. history. Among the many questions our cluster focuses on are: How should we go about describing ethnicity, nationalism, and race? Should we treat them as primordial or as social constructions? If they constructed, and by whom (or by what)? What onstrains/structures these constructions? What purposes do these constructions serve? Whom do they serve? Are some constructions better representations of identity than others, and what does this mean?